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"Live Free or Die" (TV show) is a reality docu-series on National Geographic Channel.

Americans today constantly have their eyes locked to screens — their phones, tablets and televisions. Workweeks are getting longer and the retirement age is getting older. There's an obsession with money and material goods. But there are a handful of people who are rejecting these ways of life. They're moving away from the cities, living with only the bare necessities, pledging to "Live Free or Die."

This series examines one of America's most remote subcultures, following five individuals living in the country's backwoods and swamps with few of the trappings of modern society. Freed from the constraints of a technology-fueled existence, they are modern-day pioneers who rely only on skill and intuition to harness the natural environment.

These five individuals are participating in a lifestyle trend known as "re-wilding" — a new term that refers to the un-domestication of humans and reverting back to our wild roots. They live almost completely off the land, in simple homes without any electricity or running water. The woods furnish their rugged lifestyle, and wildlife populate their dinner plates, bringing significant challenges that often require quick and innovative solutions in their constant struggle to survive. They are faced with natural obstacles like brutal weather and depleted food sources and must find ways to subsist that don't violate the strict code they hold themselves to in order to remain self-sufficient. It is this very code, the difficulty of keeping it and the potential to triumph over nature that fuels their desire to remain on these modern-day frontiers.

"There's a cost sometimes to living this way," says Thorn, who lives in a self-made hut in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. "But at least I have a lot of time. When I lived in the city, I was a schoolteacher. It was wonderful, but being on someone else's terms was really difficult and I just wanted to drop out of it. This forest just gave me this unique opportunity to get away from that and actually live free."

"Doing this work is very freeing. It's very liberating," says Tony, who lives off the land on a mountainside in Appalachia. "We're rulers of our own destiny here."

Premiere episodes include:

"Rise of the Wild"
Premieres Tuesday, September 30, at 10 PM

The premiere episode dives straight into the world of wild living as five individuals tough out winter in America's backwoods and swamps. Everyone is in search of food, but the winter weather is making the hunt difficult for some. In the Blue Ridge Mountains, primitive woodsman Thorn struggles to find even a trace of wildlife to turn into a meal. Meanwhile, close by, homesteaders Tony and Amelia battle the cold in their small cabin, making use of any meat they can get their hands on. Down in a river-swamp in southern Georgia, modern frontiersman Colbert shows his expertise when he catches a large beaver near his home. And across the country, in drought-stricken central California, nomadic hunter Gabriel sets his sights on small game and lands a rat, providing him with food to get by.

"Trial by Fire"
Premieres Tuesday, October 7, at 10 PM

All five survivalists face unexpected personal challenges while trying to stay equipped with the essentials needed to survive as winter comes to a close. In the swamps of Georgia, frontiersman Colbert catches a raccoon in the woods, as his hunting season winds down. It seems that the season will end well, but when he returns home with his catch, Colbert is faced with a tragedy with unimaginable consequences. In Appalachia, Tony and Amelia get to work on building a water filter to process their drinking water. Nearby, Thorn finds himself with an eye infection and a fever due to exposure to the harsh winter conditions. After trying a few natural medicinal remedies, his health improves in time for his daughter's visit to the woods. Over in the mountains of California, Gabriel and his friend Justin forge a spear in preparation for a boar hunt. During their hunt, they soon face a large predator.

"Blood, Sweat, & Tears"
Premieres Tuesday, October 14, at 10 PM

The brutal winter finally seems to be coming to an end, but the hunt for food hasn't gotten any easier. In central California, Gabriel and Justin continue to track wild boar. They have a few close encounters, but the boars always manage to escape. In dire need of meat, they finally shift their target to less challenging prey. In the Blue Ridge, Tony and Amelia continue to expand their homestead by clearing space for a coop for their newly acquired chicks. Nearby, Thorn's camp is overcome by rainfall and he decides to start construction on a new shelter for himself and his daughter. In southern Georgia, Colbert is reeling from a tragic discovery — a discovery that has him spending a night in a hotel.

"Live Free or Die" is produced by National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channel. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Tim Pastore, Brian Lovett, Jarrett Lambo and co-executive producer is Charles Marquardt. Brooke Runnette is president of National Geographic Studios. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo; vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky; executive vice president, programming and strategy is Heather Moran; and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: September 30, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: National Geographic Studios

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